Pennsylvania, United States Food Guide: 3 Eastern European food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Huntingdon Valley

October 2, 2019 Misti Hsu

Discover Restaurants offering the best Eastern European food in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, United States. Huntingdon Valley is a village, as well as a suburban mailing address located in Lower Moreland Township, Upper Moreland Township and Abington Township all in Montgomery County, and in small sections of Upper Southampton Township and Lower Southampton Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania bordering the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States.
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1. Uzbekistan Chaihana Restaurant Philadelphia

12012 Bustleton Ave We are 12 minutes from Parx Casino, Philadelphia, PA 19116-2108 Eastern European, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Georgian, Russian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB [email protected] +1 215-668-6567 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chaikhana-Uzbekistan/145737105523549
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4 based on 77 reviews

Uzbekistan Chaihana Restaurant Philadelphia

We have been serving delectable Eastern European cuisine for over 25 years. Established in 1993 at our first location in Forest Hills New York and then opened our doors in Philadelphia 2006. At our Bustleton location you will discover a charming and rusti

Reviewed By elepal

Uzbekistan Restaurant is as good as it gets! The food is incredible - there is nothing on the menu we've tried that wasn't wonderful. It's so hard to pick favorites but we never eat there without ordering their lamb shank. I don't usually like lamb, but this dish has changed my mind! (And I could eat the fried potato side 'till I burst!) The prices are so reasonable - eg: Our favorite appetizers to share are Cheburek (a pocket filled with fried potatoes, meat, onions, and cilantro, served with homemade tomato sauce) and Kutab (a pancake with spinach & feta cheese) and they are only 2.99 each! (You definitely want to share everything because you need to try all the wonderful and varied flavors, so bring several friends along.) Be sure to try the red and/or green borscht (soup), which is delightfully different from the traditional beet soup that you may be used to. Don't forget to sop up the dregs with their fresh out-of-the-oven bread. Hint: You may want to split a bowl to leave room for what's to follow.On a recent visit, the congenial owner realized that we had never tried some of his favorites, so he brought us a generous sampling of Chahohbili, his Georgian style chicken stew. Can't begin to tell you how great that was. The chef has an amazing talent for spices!The only real problem we have is that our stomach capacities are limited, so saving room for the delicious made-on-the-premises deserts is a challenge. Our favorite spots to sit are the "balconies", the intimate enclosed porches, but the outdoor patio is where the enthusiastic locals enjoy the food and the BYOB's. There is plenty of parking in the rear of the restaurant, but be extra-careful leaving the driveway if you plan to make a left turn!

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2. Cafe Lava

13033 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1601 Eastern European, Russian Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, BYOB [email protected] 215-673-LAVA (5282) http://www.cafelava.com/
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4 based on 28 reviews

Cafe Lava

Reviewed By Zekebp

Cafe Lava looks and feels like another part of the world. Frequented predominantly by well-dressed Russian-speakers, the decor and menu are set to fit these patrons. The food is abundant and authentically Eastern-European/Romanian. The crepe appetizers were huge and outstanding, with the mushroom variety probably the best of the three. The delicious seafood Lava was several times more than a human can consume, and the grilled NY strip tasted like steaks I ate in Romanian acid growing up (with generous amounts of garlic). Dessert was the chocolate Lava cake, which is not what one would consider a lava cake, but a terrific creamy bittersweet cake. Cafe Lava is a bit more expensive than some of its Eastern European and Central Asian neighbors.

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3. Georgian Bread

10865 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116-3301 Eastern European Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, BYOB +1 215-677-4323 https://georgianbread.business.site/
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4 based on 11 reviews

Georgian Bread

Reviewed By bluejay377

Despite some flaws this restaurant deserves to be a 5 star review simply based on the fact that the unique, tasty food is unlike anything we have experienced. We split the following dishes: khinkali (dumplings), imeruli (something like a bread pizza stuffed with cheese), a cheese platter, and ostri (stewed beef). First off, the bread here is off the charts. It is made on site in a huge clay oven located just to the right of the entry. The bread used for the imeruli was warm, slightly crusted, and outright delicious. The dumplings look like mushroom caps on steriods and are stuffed with a spiced meats mixture in a light broth. You get 5 dumplings and they are both filling and delightful. The ostri reminded us of a good goulash with lots of beef and some interesting spices. For dessert we tried the baklava and churchxela. Unlike typical baklava that is coated in honey and very sweet, the Georgian offering was a multilayered cake. Very tasty. The churchxela looks like a sausage. It is a long roll of grape juice and walnuts secured by a pastry tube. Both were very different and enjoyable. The total bill for the 3 of us was $41.80, and we had enough left over to take home.Now for the few quirks of the place. Table service could have been more attentive. The dishes are uneven in that some are too big for an individual (the dumplings). Others are small (the ostri). I think you are better off ordering several dishes to split which is what we did. The cheese platter needs some help. Two of the cheeses are very salty. The Georgian cheese is fine. The smoked Gouda is awesome. The platter needs crackers and maybe some honey, apple, or other accompaniment to elevate it and compliment the 2 salty offerings. This is a BYOB place. Georgian beers or spirits would have been a huge plus. We were not greeted upon arrival, and it took a few minutes to figure out where to go. The restaurant has sit down to the left and sort of a take out to the right as you enter. The menu drinks are interesting. Thank God I spotted the drinks in the cooler in the take out area prior to sitting down. If this is your first time, check out the cooler with the soft drinks in them to get a feel for what to expect. There is also a slight language barrier to overcome, but the diners around us were more than happy to help us out and were warm and engaging which is just the thing we love about ethnic dining.Don't be put off by the fact that this place is located in a strip mall scheme. We loved the experience, and would definitely go back to try one of the breads that are shaped like boats and contain cheese and a poached egg. Make sure you scan the English translation of the menu. There are quite a few words lost in translation that gave us a big chuckle. Totally worth the effort to find this place and try something new and different.

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